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With the month of February, Black History Month, having come to a close, the New Era publishing a story about the African-American cemetery in Hopkinsville being reclaimed and restored and Chris Rock giving clever, tactful and thought-provoking comments about diversity in the film industry d…

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In 1989 at the Kentucky Derby, I had a ticket for the winner, Sunday Silence. My reasoning for betting on that horse made about as much sense as any other way of choosing a winner. I know next to nothing about betting on horse races.

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Many of us have tuned in for the last time to see David Letterman. After 33 years, it’s hard to say goodbye. He’s a good-natured, down to earth guy who could be critical without being offensive.

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Remember a puzzle called Connect the Dots that we played when we were children? We worked to find the right consecutive number to connect one dot to another until we had the “big picture.” It was a good way to learn numbers, and it was gratifying to see what the picture turned out to be when…

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The New Year is a good time to reflect on the past and assess the future. Early last year, Jennifer P. Brown, opinion editor of the New Era, asked me if I would like to write a guest column. I was flattered that she would ask, and I told her I would give it a try and see how things went. Peo…

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This is a story about a fence. It is really about more than just a fence.  I read John David Dyche’s column in the New Era last week, in which he discussed fear and what conservatives fear. He harkened to the days when World War II began, using Franklin D. Roosevelt’s quote that “the only th…

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Some of us remember receiving children’s magazines in the mail when we were little kids, before we started school. My mother subscribed to Highlights and Jack & Jill magazines for me. Because I was an only child who lived on a farm where there were no other children my age to play with, …

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Every week, my husband and I take turns going to Gower Elementary School in Nashville, our grandson’s school, to help out in his classroom. He is in the second grade; we started this when he was in kindergarten. His teacher has been teaching for 25 years, but, speaking from experience, no ma…

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It’s a tantalizing headline from investigative journalism group ProPublica: “The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax.”

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Already 62% of parents believe their children are behind in learning, according to a survey conducted by the National PTA and Learning Heroes. The transition from in-person to remote learning in 2020 has disrupted students’ academic work. We’ve assembled a panel of academics to talk about ho…

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As COVID-19 infections fall, vaccination rates rise, and America reopens, this upcoming summer should be full of optimism and hope. But, for too many Kentucky businesses and families, our miraculous recovery is being undermined by Washington Democrats’ out-of-control spending and irresponsib…

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The Supreme Court has declined to hear arguments in the case of National Coalition for Men v. Selective Service System. In doing so, it acceded to the Biden administration’s wishes that it not address the question of whether women should join the millions of young men required to register ea…

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If you’re headed out into the wild this summer, you may need to jump online and book a reservation before you go. For the second consecutive year, reservations are required to visit Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Glacier national parks. Other popular sites, including Maine’s Acadia National Pa…

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In 2018, telling us that “trade wars are good, and easy to win,” then-U.S. president Donald Trump imposed 15-25% tariffs (versus the previous rate of 10% and the average US tariff of 1.6%) on various Chinese goods, ranging from “dental cements and other dental fillings” to “Trout, fresh or c…

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When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidelines about mask-wearing on May 13, 2021, plenty of Americans were left a little confused. Now anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or …

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The coach angrily paces outside the locker room after losing an early season game. He steps on to the bus and says, “If I hear one word or see even a crack of a smile, you will pay for it in the morning: practice at 7:00 am. Yes, you heard me, 7:00 am!”

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As a surgeon who specializes in treating patients with voice problems, I routinely record my patients speaking. For me, these recordings are incredibly valuable. They allow me to track slight changes in their voices from visit to visit, and it helps confirm whether surgery or voice therapy l…

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I’m not sure when or where the photograph that was delivered to me in the mail was taken, only that it was long before me or my older brother were around.

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The Commonwealth of Kentucky had existed only 77 years when Sunrise Children’s Services was organized. A group of ladies at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville recognized a need to care for orphaned children living on the streets. Their focus was on providing care for children in cris…

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In February, members of the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) basketball team locked arms and took a knee in what Coach Jason Shay called a symbolic protest against “racial inequalities and injustices.”